Introduce your little reader to their first words in English and Spanish with the help of historical figures like Emiliano Zapata and Frida Kahlo!

If you’re looking for bilingual books to teach your children about everything from Loteria to Tejano music Queen Selena, then Lil’ Libros is your new best friend. The company was co-founded by Patty Rodriguez (you might recognize her as the woman behind the petition that brought us the MAC x Selena makeup collection) and Ariana Stein.

Lil’ Libros was funded by SBA loans and free mentoring services. Microloans, government grants, and other financial help help this Latina company get off the ground and give back to the underserved. Even find other details on SBA microloan lenders near you.

The pair saw a need for bilingual children’s books after noticing a lack on bookshelves; soon after launching, Lil’ Libros was awarded the 2017 NAWBO-LA Entrepreneur Award for seeing rapid success with a product that addressed a need in an underserved market.

In a world with a shortage of bilingual books for children, two mothers began their mission to introduce bilingualism and Latin American culture through picture board books. Lil’ Libros was created to inspire parents to read to their children and encourage them to do so in two languages.

At Lil’ Libros, we celebrate Latin American culture and important figures in its history. Our books honor beautiful stories like the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and Cuban music icon, Celia Cruz in English and Spanish with rich and colorful illustrations while also introducing them to concepts like first words, numbers, colors, shapes, and biographies!

We believe children’s books are seeds that when nourished allow for a child to turn their dreams into reality. Our goal is to make the world a better place by providing authentic stories that promote inclusivity and love!

“The beauty of Lil’ Libros is that they are bilingual and culturally relevant to our classroom. I read them aloud in both languages and then release them to our class library. Our English speaking students build their Spanish vocabulary while being exposed to Latin American culture.”
“Lil’ Libros board books offer different words and concepts that are more evocative of the Latino culture, rather than the standard visual and verbal vocabulary we and in other alphabets and counting books.”

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